By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented in the country where people are strictly advised to stay at home and out of harm’s way.

In order to be productive and unwind, more people are turning to gardening. Even those with limited spaces have found a way to participate in this fruitful hobby through container gardening, which is the practice of growing plants exclusively in containers rather than on the ground.  

To help newbie gardeners find success in container gardening, the Agricultural Training Center-Region VI (ATI-Region VI) posted several tips from the Old Farmer’s Almanac on their social media page. 

Here’s are some things to consider before venturing into container gardening: 

Clay pots look nice but dry out faster than plastic ones.

1. Choose your planter. In container gardening, there are a lot of options to use for planters. Plastic and clay pots are the usual go-tos. However, while clay pots look more appealing than plastic ones, their porous material means they tend to dry out fast, so they must be watered twice a day to keep the plant from drying out. 

Use hanging planters if there isn’t enough space.

2. Manage your space. While pots are appropriate for areas that are big enough to accommodate them, hanging planters are best used to utilize space while avoiding the feeling of being crowded. Remember to place hanging planters in a spot with enough sunlight and proper ventilation. 

Use a soilless mix in hanging planters.

In addition to using hanging planters, avoid using soil when working with this medium because it can become waterlogged and more prone to pests as well as diseases. Opt instead for a soilless mix that’s lightweight and quick-draining. 

Keep plants healthy and fruitful by applying natural inputs.

3. Apply natural inputs. When growing vegetables, keep them healthy by keeping its soil most as well as by adding natural inputs like manure tea, fish emulsion, and more weekly.

More tips are available on the social media pages of the ATI regional training centers. Through these, they hope to encourage people to partake in the Plant. Plant. Plant. Program of the Department of Agriculture which promotes food security by growing food right in the comfort of one’s home. 

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